Albion-opoly returning to square

ALBION — The sidewalk around Noble County Courthouse will be turned into a huge Albion-opoly board on Friday, July 27, when the Albion S.T.A.R. Team hosts the annual event.

Patterned after the popular board game, Albion-opoly has its own special twists that are sure to make it fun for all those who participate. You will also get to meet Mr. Albion-opoly.

Team registration will begin at 5 p.m. at the northeast corner of courthouse square. Play will start at 6 p.m. This year, instead of paying a fee to enter, each Albion-opoly team member is asked to bring a monetary donation or a non-perishable food item for The Miracle Tree or Central Noble Food Pantry.

Teams of up to five members are issued “cash” and become owners of various properties. In addition to moving around the board based on a roll of the dice, teams must keep a watchful eye in order to collect “rent” from any team that lands on their holdings. Of course, there are the typical risks like being sent to “jail.”

The team with the most ‘cash’ at the end of play will be declared the winner and will receive a real cash prize

Each team must come up with its own game piece which will be moved around the board as the dice are rolled. A prize will be presented for the best game piece.

Letters have gone out to local merchants who continue to generously support Albion-poly by sponsoring squares on the game board. Planners are hoping for positive responses to this year’s request. There will also be an award for the best decorated square on the board.

Albion-opoly will conclude early enough for those who want to attend the Albion Community Theatre (ACT) summer production, “The Nerd,” which will start at 8 p.m. at Central Noble Auditorium.

Proceeds from Albion-opoly will be used for various projects in Albion. Most recently, Albion S.T.A.R. Team secured a grant to purchase four bicycle racks, install wayfaring signs and build a giant chess/checkers board complete with large chess and checkers pieces at Hidden Diamonds Park.

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